• Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
  • Last Update : 09:34 am

Banani double rape case verdict deferred to October 27

  • Published at 11:42 am October 12th, 2021
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Clockwise from top left: Shafat Ahmed, Sadman Sakif, Naim Ashraf, Rahmat Ali and Billal Hossain Focus Bangla

Two university students were allegedly sexually violated at a hotel in 2017

A Dhaka court has deferred the delivery of the verdict in a case filed over the rape of two female university students at an upscale hotel in the capital's Banani area in 2017.

Judge Begum Mosammat Kamrun Nahar of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 was expected to deliver the verdict on Tuesday. However, the verdict was deferred till October 27 as she is on sick leave.

“The judge is on leave and the verdict is not ready, so the acting judge, Abdullah Al Mamun, deferred delivery of the verdict to October 27,”  Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Special Public Prosecutor Afroza Farhana told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

On October 3, Judge Begum Mosammat Kamrun Nahar had set October 12 for delivery of the judgment after concluding arguments.

On that day, the court had also cancelled the bail of all the five accused – Shafat Ahmed, Nayeem Ashraf alias Halif, Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali – and sent them to prison.

Also Read- The Banani rape: How it all happened

Shafat is the son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers.

After being invited to Shafat’s birthday party, the two girls went to The Raintree Dhaka hotel at Banani around 9pm on March 28, 2017. After the rooftop party ended around midnight, Shafat and Nayeem raped the girls in two hotel rooms, according to case details.

On May 6 that year, one of the two rape survivors filed the case with Banani police, accusing five people including Shafat as the key accused.

Afterwards, law enforcers arrested the five from Dhaka and Sylhet. Later, Shafat, Nayeem, Sakif and Billal gave confessional statements in court.

Police submitted the charge sheet against the five on June 8, 2017.

Also Read- Verdict in Banani double rape case on October 12

Of the five, Shafat and Nayeem were indicted by a court for rape and the rest for aiding and abetting the crime under Section 9 (1) of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.

On July 13, 2017, the court started the trial after  framing of charges against the five.

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